Look over the mountain ranges and lay on the sandy beach at Circle X Ranch, a former Boy Scout camp. There you can explore the highest point of the mountains, Sandstone Peak, surround yourself with ferns at the Grotto, and peer over the distant islands on cloudless days. This is the only campground in the SM mountains, all other campgrounds are in the state parks!
Campsite area
Tent or motorhome pitch
1 site
Up to 75 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


With diverse terrain and tens of fire roads and single track trails, biking in the Santa Monica Mountains has something for eve...Read more


Many of the lakes in the Santa Monica Mountains are on private property, so fishing would not be recommended. It appears that M...Read more


There are dozens of hiking trails meandering throughout the mountains, with canyons, waterfalls, and breathtaking scenery of bo...Read more

Horseback riding

Five hundred miles of trails are summoning you and your horse to the Santa Monica Mountains. You can stay with other equestrian...Read more


There are some intense climbing spots with even crazier names: Death By Chocolate, Crash and Burn, Double Agent and Conspiracy ...Read more


There’s a really cool rock pool in Malibu Creek State Park only a short hike from the parking lot (insider tip: parking is expe...Read more

Wildlife watching

These coastal mountains are home to more than 450 species of vertebrate and 380 species of birds. There are even some mountain ...Read more


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October 8th, 2017

Unbelievingly breathtaking

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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34.11° N, 118.937° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer - Group: 1 Unit
(Up to 75 people per pitch)